How Long do Aluminum Fences Last?

Aluminum fences can last of decades without maintenance. If you buy quality products from a trusted supplier, they will never rust for as long as you own your home.

While there are many types of fences to choose from, there is only one type of fencing that is easy to install and lasts for many years without the need of regular maintenance. This is no other than aluminum fencing.

What is Aluminum Fencing?

Aluminum fencing is exactly what the name describes i.e. a fence constructed from aluminium. Aluminium is a metal that has low density, is lightweight, durable and can resist corrosion.

Aluminum besides being used as a raw material for fence panels, it’s also used in the construction of airplanes, soda cans, roofing solutions, foil and many other everyday items.

When aluminium is fixed with other metals, it becomes stronger and harder.

Aluminum fences come in a variety of sizes, styles, heights and shapes. While the basic colour of aluminum is silvery-white in appearance, using a powder coating which is applied through an electrostatic process, the fences can have different colours.

The most popular fence colours being black, bronze and white.

An aluminum fence can be used to limit access to your pool, protect your house or property from intruders and for privacy purposes.

They can also be used commercially in apartment complexes and office parks.

One of the main characteristics of aluminum fences is that they are very easy to install. You can buy your fences from a wholesaler (like Aluminum Fences Direct) and install it yourself using our step-by-step installation instructions and save money at the same time.

How long do aluminum fences last?

The easy answer is that they last for decades but it depends on quality of aluminum and coating process used to manufacture the fences in the first place.

Unlike other companies that may use cheap materials from Mexico or China, we only use high quality materials manufactured in the US.

Our coating process is guaranteed to meet and exceed the stringent performance requirements of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA-2604) against corrosion and fading.

The above combination of material and coating process, guarantees that your fences will not chip, peel, crack or flake and that will never rust for as long as you own your home.

How do other materials compare to aluminum for fencing purposes?

Aluminum fences are not the only option when it comes to fencing solutions. The most common alternatives are wrought iron, steel, wood and vinyl.

There are though a number of differences that have to do with resistance to weather conditions, ease of installation, maintenance and durability.

To be more precise:

Wrought iron fencing

  • Requires regular maintenance (needs re-painting to keep its color)
  • It’s heavy and difficult to install
  • It can rust easily

Steel Fencing

  • More expensive than aluminum fences
  • Need to be installed by professionals (difficult to do a DIY installation like aluminum fences)
  • Most suited for industrial premises and is not a good option as a privacy fence.
  • May need sanding and repainting every few years

Wood Fencing

  • Requires yearly maintenance
  • Cannot be exposed to all weather conditions
  • Wood can easily rot over time and will have to be replaced

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing is not a bad option. Vinyl is certainly a more suited material than iron, steel or wood for fencing purposes but is not as strong as aluminum fences.

It’s also durable, easy to install and maintenance free but it does not have the variety of colour options like aluminum fences.

Nevertheless, whether you choose a vinyl or aluminum fencing, it is guarantee that the value of your property will increase, will look more stylish and of course more secure.